Job Interview Skills Training Course
- What you'll learn
- Course Content
✓ Learn what to do before you have an interview scheduled
✓ Learn how to answer the 15 most important interview questions
✓ Learn how to follow-up after an interview
✓ Dress to impress
✓ Much More!
Master your interviewing skills with this comprehensive course from TeachUcomp, Inc. Mastering Your Interview Made Easy features 33 video lessons. Watch, listen and learn as your expert instructor guides you
through each lesson step-by-step. During this media-rich learning experience, you will see each lesson just as if your instructor were there with you. You will learn what to do before your interview is scheduled, specific interviewing techniques such as mirroring and body language and you will have the opportunity
to practice the most common interview questions and much more. Whether you are completely new to the job market, re-entering the workforce or looking to advance your career, this course will empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to dazzle during your next interview. We have incorporated years of
classroom training experience and teaching techniques to develop an easy-to-use course that you can customize to meet your personal learning needs.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone needing to sharpen their interview skills
Welcome to Mastering Your Interview Made Easy, a presentation of TeachUcomp, Inc. This course will examine the process of effective job interviewing as it relates to the candidate. By the end of this course, you should understand what to do before your job interview is scheduled, how to prepare for your job interview, what to do during the interview, and how to follow up with a prospective employer after your job interview. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Introduction to InterviewingIn this section, we’ll examine some specific things that you can do to make your job interview successful—before you even have an interview scheduled. While you’re doing the work that will get you a job interview, you should also be laying the foundation that will make your interview great. Let’s begin with a brief discussion about how most people look for jobs. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Write an Effective ResumeIn this lecture, we’ll take a look at a few basic ideas behind developing a great resume. TeachUcomp offers a comprehensive course on resume development, so be sure to look for that. For now, let’s look at some general guidelines to keep in mind when writing your resume. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Develop Great ReferencesIn this lecture, we’ll talk about some ways to develop great personal references before you go on a job interview. Let’s start by looking at some good people to consider when developing references: Former bosses, co-workers, customers, vendors, college professors, landlords, managers of your volunteer work, and colleagues all make great professional references. It’s a good idea to have at least three really impressive references prepared when you go on a job interview. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Use Technology WiselyIn this lecture, we’ll take a look some things to be mindful of regarding communication technologies and your job search. Let’s begin with your answering machine message. As soon as you begin actively seeking employment, the outgoing message on your home answering machine should reflect nothing but professionalism. This is, of course, also true of the outgoing message on your cell phone. Avoid joke messages, messages containing music or other background noise, or outgoing messages which are deliberately vague, such as, “Leave a message, beep.” The simpler, the better. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Dress the PartIn this lecture, we’ll examine how to “dress for success” at your next job interview. Let’s begin by talking about business suits. Whether you are a man or a woman, you should own at least one business suit, regardless of your occupation or trade. If you don’t currently have a business suit, consider investing in one. With so many large chain stores out there, you no longer have to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get a decent suit. When shopping for a business suit, think conservatively. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Other ConsiderationsIn this lecture, we’ll look at a few more things you can do to ensure a successful job interview, even before you get the interview. Let’s start by talking about volunteer work. In addition to the satisfaction you’ll get from helping others in your community, volunteering your time for a good cause is a great way to make yourself appealing to prospective employers. Employers love to see that you are willing to sometimes help out without being paid—it shows that you have a passion for helping, and it shows that you are willing to work as part of a team. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Research the CompanyIn this section, we’ll talk about several things you can do, once you have a job interview scheduled, to prepare for the interview. This is where most candidates get it wrong—they don’t prepare for the interview enough once the interview is scheduled. By thoroughly preparing, not only will you perform better during the interview, but you can also significantly reduce your anxiety and increase your confidence during the time leading up to the interview. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Practice, Practice, PracticeIn this lecture, we’ll talk about how practicing your answers to likely questions in advance can improve your performance once you’re at the real job interview. This course includes many of the most common questions that are asked during a job interview—in Chapter Five, we’ll go over those questions, as well as giving some examples of what good answers sound like. Before you have a job interview, you can practice general answers to these questions, which is a great way to prepare some success stories from your past, as well as developing some questions to ask the interviewer. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Prepare for the InterviewIn this lecture, we’ll talk about a few more things that you can do to prepare once you have a job interview scheduled. Let’s begin by talking about your travel to and from the interview. Once the interview is scheduled, put the interview location into an internet map site, and ask yourself the following questions: Are you familiar with the location? If you will be driving to the interview, is there construction happening on your route, or are there parts of the route that tend to develop traffic jams? How long should it take to drive to the location? Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Stay HealthyIn this lecture, we’ll take a look at how staying healthy can contribute to a successful job interview. Let’s begin by talking about sleep. It’s not enough to try to get a full night’s sleep the night before your interview—you really want to sleep well for several days coming up to the interview. Showing up for a job interview with bloodshot eyes, or with dark circles under your eyes, sends a nonverbal message that your body is working hard to keep up with your habits. Clear eyes demonstrate that you are alert and focused. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Grooming for SuccessIn this lecture, we’ll discuss how careful personal grooming can contribute to a successful job interview. Let’s begin by talking about hair. Whether you’re a man or a woman, it’s important to carefully consider what your hairstyle says about you. Like everything else, you want your hairstyle to project an image of confidence and professionalism. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Types of InterviewsIn this section, we’ll examine how you should behave during a job interview. Let’s begin with a look at different types of job interviews. A few of the most common types of interviews are: One-on-one interviews, panel interviews, group interviews, video interviews, phone interviews, and dining interviews. Let’s take a quick look at each type of interview. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Make a Great First ImpressionIn this lecture, we’ll look at a few ways to make a great first impression when you go to your job interview. Let’s begin by talking about things you can do before you go into the building. The first thing to keep in mind is that you should arrive for an interview ten minutes early. This means arriving outside the building fifteen minutes early, so that you have a few minutes to find the office where your interview will be held. Second, the Department of Labor recommends that you always go to a job interview alone—bringing a friend or spouse with you sends a subtle message that you can’t handle new tasks without moral support; and bringing your child to a job interview may send a message that you do not have adequate childcare. Third, turn your cell phone off before you even enter the building. Fourth, spit out your gum, if you are chewing it. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- General Strategies for Answering QuestionsIn this lecture, we’ll talk about a few general strategies for answering questions in a job interview. In Chapter Five, we’ll give examples of specific answers to typical interview questions; but for now, let’s begin with a few words on keeping things positive as you answer questions. No matter what the question, and no matter what the answer, you always want to convey an attitude of positivity throughout the interview. This means, generally speaking, that you want to focus on solutions rather than problems, opportunities rather than challenges, and growth rather than struggle. It sounds rather corny at first, but employers look for employees who will bring a high level of enthusiasm to their work—and people who phrase their communication positively convey such enthusiasm. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- MirroringIn this lecture, we’ll talk about mirroring. In the context of job interviewing, mirroring is the process of subtly matching the nonverbal messaging of the person with whom you are communicating. Although it’s difficult to verify the accuracy of statistical data regarding nonverbal communication, most experts agree that it makes up at least 90% of human interaction. Mirroring happens all the time in social situations, and it’s usually a subconscious occurrence. Understanding how mirroring works, however, can allow you to develop a deeper rapport with your interviewer. The three main types of mirroring that you can use in an interview are body posture mirroring, vocal mirroring, and representational system mirroring. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Representational SystemsIn this lecture, we’ll take a closer look at representational systems, and how understanding the way they work can help you build rapport with your interviewer. Representational systems are sensory modalities by which we experience the world around us. Although scientists have studied five main representational systems in humans, we’re going to focus on three of them: the visual representational system, the auditory representational system, and the kinesthetic representational system. When we refer to a person’s representational system, we’re really talking about the physical sense that the person feels most comfortable using to experience and describe the world around him or her. Let’s take a look at each of the three representational systems that people use in conversation in order to better understand how they work. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Body Language DosIn this lecture, we’ll talk about how you can use body language to increase your success at a job interview. Generally speaking, you want to look relaxed during your job interview. This portrays an image of confidence, and puts the interviewer at ease. Specifically, you can move your torso, arms, legs and hands in ways that will help you get the job. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Body Language Don’tsIn this lecture, we’ll continue our discussion of body language by going over a few things to avoid during your job interview. Let’s start by talking about how to behave when you first come in to the interview room and sit down. Never sit down until you’ve gotten a cue from the interviewer about where you should sit. If you are offered a chair, sit down in it normally—don’t turn the chair around, or tuck a leg under yourself as you sit down, or throw yourself into the chair, or put your feet up. Remember, you’re in the interviewer’s territory, and you want to be respectful. Here are a few more body language “don’ts” to keep in mind during your interview. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Tips and TricksIn this lecture, we’ll go over a few more tips and tricks to keep in mind as you go through your job interview. Let’s start by talking about your energy. Throughout the interview, it’s important to constantly project an air of high energy and enthusiasm. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the average unemployed person has been looking for work for an average of 42 weeks. That’s a long time to look for work—so it’s easy to understand how a person could lose enthusiasm for the job-hunting process. Even so, it’s important to go in to each job interview as if it’s the first one you’ve had. Because so few candidates pay attention to their general demeanor when going on a job interview, you can really set yourself apart by remembering to project energy and enthusiasm. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Ending the InterviewIn this lecture, we’ll talk about a few things to keep in mind as the job interview ends. Let’s start by talking about your “ask.” Simply put, you have to find a way to ask for the job sometime near the end of the interview. You can’t be too pushy about it, but you want to make it clear to your interviewer that you are still interested in the job, and that you think you are a good fit for the position. Understand that you probably won’t be offered the job when you ask for it—but ask anyway. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Take NotesIn this section, we’ll go over a few things to do after your job interview. Let’s begin by talking about taking some notes. This is the very first thing you should do after your job interview. As soon as you get back to your car, or as soon as you get around the corner, you should stop for a few minutes, and jot a few notes. Taking the notes immediately after the interview will help you to remember details that you would otherwise quickly forget. This is a very important step, especially if you are going on a lot of different interviews. If you’re going on a lot of interviews, it may be helpful to invest in a small notebook that you use especially for your interview notes. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Thank the InterviewerIn this lecture, we’ll talk about the second time that you thank your interviewer. Pay attention to this step. Employment professionals agree that this is the part of the job-seeking process which most candidates fail to complete. For some reason, many people think that following-up with a thank-you after a job interview is something that was done only “in the old days.” This simply isn’t the case. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Following UpIn this quick lecture, we’ll talk about how much follow-up is appropriate after your interview. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to send a thank-you to your interviewer on the same day that you have the interview, and then wait to be contacted. You absolutely do not want to make a pest of yourself or weed yourself out at this stage because you seem to be impatient. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- The Second InterviewIn this lecture, we’ll go over a few things to keep in mind when you go on a second interview. Generally speaking, you want to behave in much the same way as you behaved in the first interview—after all, they liked you enough to ask you back. Second interviews tend to be a bit more specific than first interviews, with more focus on what you would be doing if chosen for the job. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- The Behavioral InterviewIn this section, we’ll go over the practice questions included with this course. Let’s begin with a brief discussion about behavioral interviews. These days, most job interviews are conducted as behavioral interviews. This means that the interviewer asks questions which are based on discovering how a person reacted to a situation in the past. The theory behind behavioral interviewing is that past behavior predicts future behavior. Rather than asking questions about your belief system, the interviewer will mostly ask questions about your past behavior. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Practice Questions 1-5In this lecture, we’ll take a look at practice questions 1-5.
- Practice Questions 6-10In this lecture, we’ll review practice questions 6-10.
- Practice Questions 11-15In this lecture, we’ll review practice questions 11-15.
- How to Handle Illegal QuestionsIn this lecture, we’ll take a brief look at how to handle any illegal questions that you may be asked on a job interview. Let’s begin by talking about the seven things that interviewers are legally not permitted to ask you during a job interview. Interviewers may not ask you about your race, birthplace, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or health. Learn this and more during this lecture.
- Further StudyIn this section, we’ll conclude our discussion about interviewing. In this lecture, we will take a look at other resources that may be helpful when learning more about the concepts discussed in this course.
- ConclusionThis concludes the video portion of TeachUcomp Inc.’s Mastering Your Interview Made Easy.